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Isaiah

Cyrus - The LORD's appointed king.  Is.45.1-8

1Thus says Yahweh to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
and ungird the loins of kings,
to open doors before him
that gates may not be closed:
2"I will go before you
and level the mountains,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
and cut asunder the bars of iron,
3I will give you the treasures of darkness
and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, Yahweh,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
4For the sake of my servant Jacob,
and Israel my chosen,
I call you by your name,
I surname you, though you do not know me.
5I am Yahweh, and there is no other,
besides me there is no God;
I gird you, though you do not know me,
6that men may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is none besides me;
I am Yahweh, and there is no other.
7I form light and create darkness,
I make weal and create woe,
I am Yahweh, who do all these things.

8"Shower, O heavens, from above,
and let the skies rain down righteousness;
let the earth open, that salvation may sprout forth,
and let it cause righteousness to spring up also;
I Yahweh have created it.

The LORD of creation & history.  Is.45.9-19

9"Woe to him who strives with his Maker,
an earthen vessel with the potter!
Does the clay say to him who fashions it, 'What are you making'?
or 'Your work has no handles?'
10Woe to him who says to a father, 'What are you begetting?'
or to a woman, 'With what are you in travail?"
11Thus says Yahweh,
the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker:
"Will you question me about my children,
or command me concerning the work of my hands?
12I made the earth,
and created man upon it;
it was my hands that stretched out the heavens,
and I commanded all their host.
13I have aroused him in righteousness,
and I will make straight all his ways;
he shall build my city and set my exiles free,
not for price or reward,"
says Yahweh of hosts.

14Thus says Yahweh:
"The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Ethiopia,
and the Sabeans, men of stature,
shall come over to you and be yours,
they shall follow you;
they shall come over in chains and bow down to you.
They will make supplication to you, saying:
'God is with you only, and there is no other,
no god besides him.' "
15Truly, you are a God who hides yourself,
O God of Israel, the Saviour.
16All of them are put to shame and confounded,
the makers of idols go in confusion together.
17But Israel is saved by Yahweh
with everlasting salvation;
you shall not be put to shame or confounded
to all eternity.

18For thus says Yahweh,
who created the heavens (he is God!),
who formed the earth and made it
(he established it;
he did not create it a chaos,
he formed it to be inhabited!):
"I am Yahweh, and there is no other.
19I did not speak in secret,
in a land of darkness;
I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,
'Seek me in chaos.'
I Yahweh speak the truth,
I declare what is right.

The LORD of the universe & Babylon's idols.  Is.45.20-46.13

20"Assemble yourselves and come,
draw near together,
you survivors of the nations!
They have no knowledge
who carry about their wooden idols,
and keep on praying to a god
that cannot save.
21Declare and present your case;
let them take counsel together!
Who told this long ago?
Who declared it of old?
Was it not I, Yahweh?
And there is no other god besides me,
a righteous God and a Saviour;
there is none besides me.

22"Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
23By myself I have sworn,
from my mouth has gone forth in righteousness
a word that shall not return:
'To me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear.'

24"Only in Yahweh, it shall be said of me,
are righteousness and strength;
to him shall come and be ashamed,
all who were incensed against him.
25In Yahweh all the offspring of Israel
shall triumph and glory."


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